Geno Auriemma, who once berated a student reporter after Villanova handed UConn their first loss in two years, was complaining about something after a women's tournament game this weekend in Philadelphia: [CTNews.com]
"Whether I’m telling the truth or not, whether I said it the right way or don’t say it the right way, the bottom line is when I’m telling the truth people want to make a big deal about it. So they make a big deal about it.
Not here in Philly. They don’t care. Those guys on 610 they hope I get hit by a bus on Broad Street. So they don’t care about the fact that we’re in here. Howard Eskin… He’d probably drive a tractor trailer right over my body just so he wouldn’t have to read anything more about women’s basketball. So there’s a lot of people out there that really don’t care.
But if I say something stupid they’ll weight in because it’s another opportunity to slap me around little bit, which is fine. I really don’t have problem with that. That doesn’t make me lose any sleep. The only thing I lose sleep over is whether or not Chase Utley’s going to be ready on Opening Day and Brad Lidge better get somebody out in the ninth inning from here on out or I’m going to be pissed off."
What the…? Talk about firing a shot across the bow. The resaon why no one in Philadelphia talks about you, Geno, is because nobody cares about women's basketball.
Howard, of course, responded:
Conn Women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma rips me in his news conference. Worry about ur team. Show me something and find a mens job.
How tough can it be when you coach women's basketball at connecticut and always recruit the best players. That doesn't make u a good coach.
Heh. Nothing like questioning a man's existence. Well played, Howard.
In other news, local boy Auriemma is a Phillies fan. We don't care.